Tickets for The Hello Sessions

The Hello Sessions from Joy Uyeno on Vimeo.

Do you know that feeling of disbelief that happens you’ve been planning something for so long that you can’t quite believe it’s arrived? That’s how Melissa and I are feeling about the fact that we’ll be opening up ticket sales for The Hello Sessions very, very soon.

In case you’ve missed our previous posts about The Hello Sessions, it’s a workshop-based conference that we’re hosting in Portland, OR this October. We always wanted a hands-on style conference, and we kept hoping for one in the Pacific Northwest. Instead of waiting around for it to happen, we created our dream conference, featuring some of the most inspiring creative minds we know, with the support of our awesome friends.

Since much of the conference will involve close interaction with our (super amazing) workshop leaders, we only have room for 150 attendees. We’ll be announcing ticket sales through our newsletter, so sign up here to get the word first. With such an incredible day of learning planned, we expect that tickets will go quickly.

Visit our website for more details on our workshop leaders, the day’s schedule, and our sponsors. We would love to see you there!

A HUGE thank you to Tan and Ryan of Squirrelly Minds for traveling to Portland to create this fantastic video for us during our announcement brunch!

The Hello Sessions Newsletter

14 Days of Love Giveaway | Eat Boutique

14 Days of Love Giveaway from Eat Boutique from Joy Uyeno on Vimeo.

Happy Valentine’s Week, friends! If you haven’t heard by now, I’ve teamed up with thirteen other incredible bloggers and each of us are hosting a giveaway each day up to Valentine’s Day. We’re calling the series 14 Days of Love — and the giveaways are pretty fabulous. You can follow along each day by liking the 14 Days of Love Facebook page.

Today it’s my turn, and I’m working with Eat Boutique to give away a custom foodie care package worth $185! Eat Boutique originally started as a respected food blog, but once owner Maggie Battista began putting together care packages featuring gourmet food from small batch vendors, they were so in-demand that she opened a shop. Today, the shop is thriving and Maggie is well-known for her spectacular local events. She’s even signed on with a publisher to pen a cookbook! All this couldn’t have happened to a nicer person, either. Maggie is a total bright light.

And for Frock Files, she’s put together a very special care package filled with all of her favorite things! While you can buy all kinds of care packages at Eat Boutique, and every item in this package is available a la cart in the shop, this specific package is the Maggie Special, created just for you. Everything I’ve tasted from the boutique has been mouthwatering and delightful. (My favorite are the Fixx Chocolates with praline crisp with passion fruit pate de fruits, which are pretty much two bites of heaven.) You’re in for a treat. Scroll down and leave a comment to enter the giveaway!

Since the video moves so quickly, here are all the items in this care package:

Evy Tea Green Tea Fig Pomegranate // Empire Mayonnaise Co. White Truffle // Sofra Rose Petal Jam // Simple and Crisp Pear Fruit Crisps // Fixx Chocolates: Andy’s Bar // Didi Davis Rose Sugar // Treat Bake Shop Spiced Pecans // EHChocolatier French Hot Chocolate // Morris Kitchen Syrups Grenadine // Boncora Biscotti

Here are all of the giveaways we’re hosting this month. I wish I could enter them all! So do it for me, will ya?

Feb. 1 Oleander and Palm – $100 Land of Nod card (closed)
Feb. 2  Design Improvised – $100 Hayneedle ecard (closed)
Feb. 3 Sarah Hearts – $150 Wayfair gift card (closed)
Feb. 4 Bunny and Dolly – Petunia Pickle Bottom diaper bag and baby book (closed)
Feb. 5 Poppy Haus – $100 gift certificate to Kidecals (closed)
Feb. 6 A Golden Afternoon – $150 gift certificate to Tea Collection (closed)
Feb. 7 Lulu the Baker – Umba Products valued at $100 (closed)
Feb. 8 The Flair Exchange – $100 Tiny Prints gift card
Feb. 9 Melissa Creates – $100 prize package from Sassy Steals
Feb. 10 Frock Files – Eat Boutique gift basket valued at $185
Feb. 11 Hello Lidy – $100 West Elm gift card
Feb. 12 Living on Love – $75 Minted gift card
Feb. 13 Jade and Fern – $50 Home Depot gift card and a handmade valentine
Feb. 14 Squirrelly Minds – Omiyage gift box valued at $100

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Tempur-Pedic Says the #ChoiceisYours

If I don’t get a solid eight hours of sleep, I turn into a grumpy zombie. This used to happen a lot when we had what I like to call “the brick mattress,” which I was convinced was just a box spring with an inch of padding on top. It was the kind of mattress that had me making excuses to sleep on the couch.

Initially, someone (ahem) wasn’t convinced we needed to get a Tempur-Pedic. So we went to try out the different memory foam mattresses – and then we laid on a Tempur-Pedic. Then we laid on all the Tempur-Pedic mattresses. Multiple Times. The salespeople began to hover, nervous that we would never leave the store.

Since the quality of my sleep has vastly improved, I don’t drink nearly as much coffee as I used to. My body doesn’t ache in weird places anymore. I can’t tell when James, an active sleeper, is moving around next to me. So in essence, it’s saved us on the costs of coffee, chiropractor appointments, and probable couples’ counseling. That’s a win-win-win.

Tempur-Pedic is releasing their new TEMPUR-Choice™ mattress, which features multiple adjustable comfort zones. I had the chance to lay on one this past weekend and I began plotting where else we could put another bed because I need one.

While I’m working on finding us a bigger house for our future Tempur-Pedic, you can enter the Tempur-Pedic Pin to Win contest for a chance to win one of your own.

Tempur-Pedic Choice is Yours Pinterest Challenge

Create a board reflecting the ways your and your partner’s design styles differ, then let Tempur-Pedic know about your board by posting a link on their Facebook page. If you win, you’ll score a TEMPUR-Choice™ Supreme Mattress plus a design consultation with Design Sponge’s Grace Bonney. Now I’m double jealous.

So get pinning!

Tempur-Pedic Pin to Win

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Disclosure: I participated in this post on behalf of Burst Media. I was compensated for my time and commitment, but all opinions are my own. This post is sponsored by Tempur-Pedic.


Dress Up, Dress Down Summer Dresses

I can’t tell you how happy I am that the weather has finally warmed up and I don’t have to look at my jeans again for a good, long while. My closet is pretty well stocked with frocks for the summertime, but I know that I could quickly get tired of them if I keep wearing them the same way.

That’s why I love having a few styling options in mind to fancy up or make casual my dress-filled wardrobe this summer. So when Marigold invited me to participate in the Summer of No Pants series, it was a perfect opportunity to sit down and really think about what I have on hand to keep my current favorite dress fresh!

See more Summer of No Pants posts over at Marigold’s blog, Hideous! Dreadful! Stinky!

Dress: Urban Outfitters
First Outfit | Scarf: J.Crew (similar) | Sandals: Naturalizer | Earrings: The Pearl Shop Hawaii
Second Outfit | Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell (similar-in fact, these are cuter) | Belt: Urban Outfitters (similar) | Earrings: Jeannie Richard
Third Outfit | Necklace: DIY by Julie Uyeno-Pidot | Shoes: Lacoste | Cardigan: Anthropologie

A Care Package From Paris!

 

For a Francophile who loves snail mail, few things are better than a cute package from Paris. When My Little Paris approached me to contribute to their magazine, I tried to be Parisian-girl cool but instead let out a giddy, Oui! To welcome me to their team, the ladies sent over a My Little Box containing all kinds of beautiful (and beautifully packaged) gifts. Here’s to adding a little bit of Parisian flair to your day!

See the other care package posts here!

Trouble with playing the video here? You can watch it over at Vimeo.

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